Dunn County Obituaries
December 2001

The obituaries posted here are reprinted with permission from the Dunn County News, Menomonie, Wisconsin. These are "current" obituaries, beginning with the 
December 2, 2001 issue of The Dunn County News.

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Betty K. Reid

Dunn County News, Sunday, Dec.  2, 2001, A6

Betty K. Reid, age 76, of Wheeler, died Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2001, at her home.

Funeral services were Saturday, Dec. 1, 2001, at Grace United Methodist Church in Wheeler with the Rev. Gail Mitchell officiating. Burial was in Hay River Cemetery in the Town of Hay River, Dunn County.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie handled arrangements.

Robert "Bert" L. Bertelsen

Dunn County News, Sunday, Dec.  2, 2001, A6

Robert "Bert" L. Bertelsen, age 48, of Menomonie, died Thursday, Nov. 29, 2001, as the result of a car accident in St. Croix County.

He was born June 12, 1953, in Black River Falls to Loren and Jeanette (Yousten) Bertelsen. Following Jeanette's early death, Loren later married Maryan Bakken, who Robert knew as mother. Bert was raised in Madison and graduated from Madison West High School in 1971. Following high school graduation, he attended UW-Stout in Menomonie. He then moved to Colorado, where he met his future wife, Kathy Kuhn. They were married on Sept. 13, 1980, in Almena.

Bert worked at Doboy in New Richmond for the past 25 years. He was also a member of the International Association of Machinists, District Lodge #77.

He was an avid sportsman, devoted family man and will be remembered by his many friends for his wit and great sense of humor.

Bert is survived by his wife, Kathy; two daughters and one son, Kaley, Dana and Kellen Bertelsen, all of Menomonie; his parents, Loren and Maryan Bertelsen of Mazomanie; a brother, Alan (Carmen) Bertelsen of Red Wing, Minn.; a sister, Patricia Bertelsen (Peter Nash) of Washington, D.C., and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Jeanette; maternal grandparents, Martha and Hubert Yousten; paternal grandparents, Mayme and Herman Bertelsen, and Maryan's parents, Florence and Arne Bakken.

There will be a memorial service at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 3, at First Congregational Church-UCC in Menomonie, with Rev. Rob MacDougal officiating. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today (Sunday) at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie.

Gerald M. Peterson

Dunn County News, Sunday, Dec.  2, 2001, A6

Gerald M. Peterson, age 76, of Menomonie, died on Friday, Nov. 30, 2001, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

Gerald was born Feb. 15, 1925, in Red Wing, Minn., the son of Henry and Geneva (Minder) Peterson. They also lived in Plum City and later Rice Lake were Gerald attended High School. Gerald married Mavis Dougharty in Houston, Texas. They founded the United Pentecostal Church in Maquoketa, Ia. Gerald also served as pastor at churches in Ellsworth and Menomonie. Gerald also worked at Red Wing Shoe in Red Wing, Minn., and Chicago Decorators. He also owned a shoe-repair business in Iowa and Wisconsin.

Gerald enjoyed fishing and always had a funny story to tell. Gerald was "Dad" and "Grandpa"to many surrogate children and grandchildren and still "Pastor" to those he pastored as many as 35 years ago.

Gerald is survived by a son, Blake (Diane) of Red Wing, Minn; three daughters, Annette (David) Kast of Prairie Du Chien, Monette (Robert) Morgan of Menomonie and Barbara Peterson of Gainesville, Ga; several grandchildren; a brother; two sisters and nieces and nephews.

Gerald is preceded in death by his parents, his wife Mavis in 1999 and a brother.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2001, at Stanton-Goodrich-Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie with Rev. Scott Jacobs officiating. Burial will be in the Evergreen Cemetery in Menomonie.

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3, 2001, at the Stanton-Goodrich-Rhiel Funeral Home and Tuesday from 10 a.m. until the time of the services.

The family prefers memorials to the Tupelo Children's Mansion in Tupelo, Miss.

Steven P. Running

Dunn County News, Wed, Dec. 5, 2001, A6

Steven P. Running, age 56, of Menomonie, died Sunday, Dec. 2, 2001, at his home.

He was born June 28, 1945, in Menomonie to Ole and Elvina (Severson) Running and was raised in the Town of Dunn, Dunn County.

Steve graduated from Menomonie High School and farmed in Dunn County his entire life. He was a member of Little Elk Creek Lutheran Church.

Steve is survived by two aunts, Clara Thon of Follansbee, W.Va., and Lorraine (Alvin) Severson of Markesan; several cousins; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Brian Running.

Funeral services are 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, 2001, at the Little Elk Creek Lutheran Church in the Town of Red Cedar, Dunn County, with the Rev. John Mikkelson officiating. Burial will be in the Little Elk Creek Cemetery.

Friends may call one hour prior to services Thursday at the church.

Alice M. Beiswanger

Dunn County News, Wed, Dec. 5, 2001, A6

Alice M. Beiswanger, age 92, of Ridgeland, died Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2001, at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health System in Menomonie.

Alice was born April 23, 1909, on a farm near Ridgeland, the daughter of John and Agnes (Anderson-Boe) Johnson. She married John G. Rye in 1927 in Colfax.

Alice graduated from Dunn County Normal School and River Falls State University. She was an elementary school teacher for over 34 years. Alice taught at Pine Creek, Popple Creek, Dammon Ridge and Prairie Farm elementary schools, retiring in 1973.

During World War II, Alice and her family moved to Milwaukee where she worked at a tannery and Pabst Brewery. The family returned to the Ridgeland area in 1946, where she resumed her teaching career.

Alice was an active member of her church and Ladies Aid. She was a firm believer in working crossword puzzles daily to keep her mind active. She loved to crochet and made many beautiful afghans and doilies for family members, her church's fall bazaar, and others.

Her husband, John Rye, died in 1956. She married Herbert Beiswanger in 1960 in Ridgeland. Herbert died in 1983.

Alice is survived by her daughter, Nancy Bischel of Menomonie; her son, John Rye of Ridgeland; two stepsons, Herbert (Eunice) Beiswanger Jr. of Ridgeland and Roland Beiswanger of Madison; a daughter-in-law, Harriet Rye of Milwaukee; a sister, Helen Guingrich of Ventura, Iowa; four grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends; and a special friend, June Nitz, who helped Alice remain independent and stay in her home.

Alice was preceded in death by her parents; husbands; a son, Dennis Rye; a stepson, David Beiswanger; two sisters, Isabelle Moen and Nelle O'Flanagan; a brother, Arnold Johnson; a niece, Marlys Luer; and a son-in-law, John Bischel.

She will be sadly missed by her family and friends.

Funeral services were Saturday, Dec. 1, 2001, at the Ridgeland Lutheran Church with the Rev. Steven Carlson officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery in Colfax.

Mark Rausch Funeral Service, Dallas and Cameron, handled arrangements.

Shirley A. Larson

Dunn County News, Wed, Dec. 5, 2001, A6

Shirley A. Larson, age 66, of Menomonie, died Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2001, at her home with hospice after fighting a three-year battle with cancer.

The former Shirley Dudrey was born on Nov. 4, 1935, in Durand and raised in Woodbury, Minn., to Earl and Alwilda (Hudson) Dudrey. After marrying Donald A. Larson on Nov. 26, 1955, they moved to St. Paul, Minn., to begin raising a family. During the summer of 1969, she moved her family to Elmwood, where she dedicated her time to family and the farm.

Shirley is survived by three daughters, Molly (Todd) Hines of Elmwood, Betsy (Kory) Graf of Elmwood and Bonni (Marcelo) Chan of St. Paul, Minn.; two sons, Kenneth (Donna) Larson of Ellsworth and Daniel (Lisa) Larson of Menomonie; two son-in-laws, Roger Young of Elmwood and Woody Stambaugh of Elmwood; 22 grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; a brother, Ronald Dudrey of St. Paul; a sister, Marlene Greybar of Minnesota, and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Donald A. Larson; first daughter, Robyn Young in 1980; son, Donald in 1993; second daughter, Cherryl Stambaugh in 2000; one granddaughter, Michelle Young in 1979.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 7, 2001, at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Durand, with Reverend David Guerrero officiating. Burial will be at Maxville Cemetery in Buffalo County.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie is handling the arrangements.

 
Wilma H. Stratton

Dunn County News, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2001, A6

Wilma H. Malzahn Stratton, age 82, of Menomonie, died Friday, Dec. 7, 2001, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

The former Wilma Helen Schutz was born on Jan. 23, 1919, in Elmwood to Gust and Eliza (Thompson) Schutz. Wilma attended Nippersink and Elmwood Schools. She married George Malzahn in 1937 in Elmwood and together they farmed in Elmwood until 1956, when they moved to Menomonie. After George's death, Wilma later married Francis Stratton in 1988 in Menomonie. They have resided in Menomonie since their marriage.

Wilma enjoyed reading, fishing, sewing and doing crafts. She was a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Menomonie and Women of the Moose Chapter 682.

Wilma is survived by her husband, Francis; a daughter, Lori Tietz of Schaumburg, Ill.; a son, Steven Malzahn of Kennewick, Wsh.; a granddaughter, Ensign Jennifer Tietz of Schaumburg, Ill., and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Floyd Schutz, and her first husband, George Malzahn.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 10, 2001, at Christ Lutheran Church in Menomonie, with Rev. Rolf Morck officiating. Following the memorial service will be a service by the Women of the Moose Chapter 682. Burial will be in Poplar Hill Cemetery in Elmwood at a later date. Friends may call at the church one hour prior to the service on Monday.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie is handling arrangements.

 
Albert E. Skille

Dunn County News, Wed, Dec. 12, 2001, A6

Albert E. Skille, age 90, of Boyceville, died Saturday, Dec. 8, 2001, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

Albert was born June 26, 1911, in Boyceville to Peter Henry and Anna (Erickson) Skille. Albert married Doris Mortonson on Nov. 30, 1940. They just celebrated their 61st anniversary. They farmed for 34 years west of Boyceville until 1977 when they moved into town. During his retirement he enjoyed woodworking, making clocks and fishing.

Albert is survived by his wife, Doris Skille of Menomonie; three daughters, Janet (Richard) Kleespies of San Bernardino, Calif., Jeanne (Steve) Snyder of Boyceville, and Joan Skille of Menomonie; one grandson, John Kleespies of Lancaster; two sisters, Mabel (Ross) Wadsworth of Boyceville and Agnes (Marvin) Yunker of Magnolia, Calif.; one brother, Walter (Ragna) Skille of Gilman; many nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

Albert was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Ruth Grambo and Selma Yunker; and two brothers, Andrew and Peter Jr.

Funeral services were Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2001, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Boyceville with the Rev. Gerald Hibbard officiating. Risa Carlson was organist and William Wold, vocalist. Pallbearers were Pete Skille, Gary Tape, Jim Round, David Link, Orville Smith and Marvin Johnson. Burial was in Mound Cemetery in Downing.

Everts Funeral Home in Glenwood City handled arrangements.

Fred Kurtz

Dunn County News, Wed, Dec. 12, 2001, A6

Fred Kurtz, River Falls, died Sunday, Dec. 9.

He was a member of the Red Cedar Antique Auto Club for many years.

Visitation will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. today (Wednesday) at Cashman Mortuary in River Falls.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, at Luther Memorial Church, River Falls.

Richard "Dick" Yakesh

Dunn County News, Wed, Dec. 12, 2001, A6

Richard "Dick" Yakesh, age 68, of Colfax, died Sunday, Dec. 9, 2001, at the Bloomer Medical Center in Bloomer.

Dick was born June 23, 1933, in Wisconsin to Richard and Agatha (Calkins) Yakesh. He graduated from Woodville High School and the University of Minnesota. He served his country in the U.S. Air Force. On Sept. 29, 1962, he married Klaire Freestone in Colfax.

Dick worked for many years with the Security Insurance Agency in Colfax and with Bremer Bank as the insurance agent. In recent years he drove school bus for the Colfax School District.

He was a member of Colfax Lutheran Church, the Kiwanis Club, the Moose Club, the Whitetail Men's Golf League, and American Legion Post No. 131, and a past member of the Colfax Lutheran Church Council.

Survivors include his wife, Klaire of Colfax; one son, Gregory (Lisa) of Oswego, Ill.; one brother, Gilbert of Hayward, Calif.; two sisters, Donna (Norman) Levy of Radison and Marvelle (Mel) Glass of Oregon; many nieces and nephews; and two grandchildren, Jenna and Jessica.

Memorial services are 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, 2001, at the Sampson Funeral Chapel in Colfax with Pastor Les Walck officiating.

Friends may call one hour prior to services Saturday at the funeral home.

Merlin R. Wolske

Dunn County News, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2001, A6

Merlin R. Wolske, age 91, of Chippewa Falls, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2001. He had suffered a massive stroke in his home on Dec. 3, 2001, and rested comfortably at St. Joseph's Hospital until passing on with his sons at his bedside.

He was born Oct. 24, 1910, in Menomonie, the eldest child of Rudolph and Selma (Fonaas) Wolske.  He attended Menomonie public schools and received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1934 from The Stout Institute.

Mr. Wolske taught high school in Barron in 1935. In 1937, "Slim" began work for Northern States Power Co. in Eau Claire and transferred to the Wissota Hydro facility in 1940.  He retired in 1973 as power production supervisor of the Wissota plant after 36 years with NSP. 

Mr. Wolske was a member of Central Lutheran Church, the Masonic Lodge, the Eau Claire Technical Society, and the Stout University Heritage Club. He was treasurer and president of the original Chippewa Investment Club as well as being instrumental in the Wissota Island Preservation Project.  He enjoyed playing golf with his friends and co-workers.

Merlin was a sensitive and compassionate man and tried to be kind to everyone. His love of the area and its people motivated him to reside over 61 years on the shores of Lake Wissota with Sigrid, his wife of over 63 years.

Merlin married Sigrid Elizabeth Flaa of Bessemer, Mich., in 1938. Survivors are Sigrid and sons Gary of Chippewa Falls and James of Austin, Texas. Also surviving are brother Eugene Wolske of Minnetonka, Minn.; sister Barbara Moessner of Menomonie; and nine nephews and nieces.

He was preceded in death by brothers Francis, Lawrence and Ronald.

The family wants to thank friends and neighbors for their kind support. The family especially thanks the numerous nursing aides and caregivers who have come into Merlin's home and helped to make his final year comfortable and pleasant.

A funeral service was held at Pederson-Folker Funeral Chapel in Chippewa Falls on Friday, Dec. 14, 2001, with Pastor Rick Hoyme of Central Lutheran Church officiating. Burial followed in Forest Hill Cemetery in Chippewa Falls. 

Esther Kulinski

Dunn County News, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2001, A6

Esther Kulinski, age 90, of Menomonie, died Thursday, Dec. 13, 2001, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

Funeral services will be at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2001 at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie, with Rev. Lyle Schulte officiating. Burial will be in St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery in Menomonie.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie is handling the arrangements.

Beatrice A. Hartz

Dunn County News, Wed, Dec. 19, 2001, A6

Beatrice A. Hartz, age 87, of Menomonie, died Monday, Dec. 17, 2001, at Lutheran Hospital in Eau Claire.

Beatrice was born Aug. 26, 1914, in Hayward, Minn., to Arthur and Hattie (Campbell) Johnson. She graduated from Albert Lea High School in Minnesota and then attended Minneapolis Beauty School. She returned to Austin, Minn., where she worked as a beautician for 40 years. Beatrice married Leslie Hartz at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa, on July 2, 1939.

Beatrice has lived in Menomonie the last 10 years. She was a member of the Senior Center "Sing-A-Longs" and also an avid pool and card player.

Beatrice is survived by her son, Roger Hartz of Menomonie; two grandchildren, Christopher (Megan) Hartz of Minneapolis, Minn., and Katrina Hartz of St. Paul, Minn.; three sisters, Olive Westrum and Ardell (Clifford) Anderson, both of Albert Lea, and Dorothy Anderson of Sauk Centre, Minn.; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Leslie; one brother, Ronald; and one sister, Marvel.

Funeral services are 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21, 2001, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Bob Friese officiating. Burial will be in Austin in Grandview Cemetery Association.

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and one hour prior to services Friday at the church.

Naomi J. Price

Dunn County News, Wed, Dec. 19, 2001, A6

Naomi J. Price, age 77, of Menomonie, died Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2001, at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health System in Menomonie.

Funeral services are 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 21, 2001, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Steve Schmeling officiating. Burial will be in St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and one hour prior to services Friday at the church. [also see below]

Naomi J. Price

Dunn County News, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2001, A6

Naomi J. Price, age 77, of Menomonie, died Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2001, at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health System in Menomonie.

Naomi was born Aug. 21, 1924, in the Town of Red Cedar to Eli and Mabel (Beguhn) Haase. She went to school at Ney and Dunn County Aggie, where she graduated, Naomi married Willard Price on Nov. 24, 1944, in the town of Red Cedar.

Naomi worked for the Vocational School, Chamber of Commerce, attorney William Wohlfeil, the Cassel family, the Reminder Advertiser, and as an accountant in the business office at the University of Wisconsin-Stout from 1964 until her retirement in 1983.

Naomi loved her family and being a good homemaker and also enjoyed traveling and crocheting.

Naomi is survived by her husband, Willard Price of Menomonie; one son, Jerry (Nancy) Price of Fort Atkinson; one daughter, Connie (Del) Salquist of Spooner; three grandchildren, Jason Price of Naperville, Ill., Aaron Price of Fort Atkinson, and Shauna (Erik) Lindstrom of Spooner; one sister, Glory Ann Miller of Menomonie; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Manville (Myrna) Price, Adeline Hilson, Arlene (Roger) Hones, Elmer (Elaine) Price, Arthur (Joann) Price, Darlene (Bernie) Stackhouse, Charlotte Anderson and Orville (Frieda) Price; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents ane two brothers-in-law, Lyle Miller and Arnold Price.

Funeral services were Friday, Dec. 21, 2001, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Steve Schmeling officiating. Burial was in St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery.

The family requests memorials to St. Paul's Lutheran Church. Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie handled arrangements.

Agnes K. Murray

Dunn County News, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2001, A6

Agnes K. Murray, age 89, of Prairie Farm, died Monday, Dec. 17, 2001, at the Pioneer Nursing Home in Prairie Farm.

She was born Feb. 16, 1912, in the Town of Hay River, Dunn County, to Ingebrigt and Mette (Solem) Klefstad. She was raised in the town of Hay River and was married to Austin Murray on Oct. 5, 1935, where they owned and operated Murray Trucking and the Prairie Farm Feed Mill.

Agnes was a longtime active member of the United Lutheran Church and the Ladies Aid. She was also a member of the Prairie Farm Sweet Adelines and very active in community affairs.

Survivors include two sons, Willard (Ramona( Murray of Glouchester, Mass., and Tom Murray of St. Paul, Minn; two daughters, Arla Jean (Gary) Rudin of Alta Loma, Calif., and Betty Ann Bures of Mt. Horeb; five grandchildren, one great-grandson; two sisters, Oline Stevens of Menomonie and Helen Olson of Prairie Farm; as well as nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Austin in 1977; a sister, Gusta Pederson; and two brothers, Eric Klefstad and Adolph Bottolfs.

Funeral services were Friday, Dec. 21, 2001, from the United Lutheran Church in Prairie Farm with the Rev. Oz. Twedt officiating. Interment was in Sunset Cemetery, rural Prairie Farm.

Mark Rausch Funeral Service, Dallas and Cameron, handled arrangements.

Marilyn Ann Madison

Dunn County News, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2001, A6

Marilyn Ann Madison, age 63, our loving mother, grandmother and wife,passed away after a return of cancer on Friday, Dec. 21.

Marilyn graduated from Owattona (Minn) High School in 1956, and married James Madison on Dec. 27, 1958, in Owattona.

Survivors include her husband, James; children Pam Madison of Eagan, Minn, Julie (John) Govin of Menomonie and Scott (Melinda) Madison of Spring Grove, Ill.; grandchildren Kyle and Clayton Govin; siblings Donna (John) Jurgensen of Albert Lee, Minn., Cheryl (Pat) Bronce and Roger Burshem, both of Cross Lake, Minn.; also by nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Dana and Genevieve Burshem.

Funeral services will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 27, at Faith Covenant Church in Burnsville, Minn. Burial will take place in Clark's Grove Cemetery in Clark's Grove, Minn.

Visitation will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 26, at the White-Burnsville Funeral Home and an hour prior to services at the church.

Daryl D. Davis

Dunn County News, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2001, A6

Daryl D. Davis, age 75, of Chetek, died Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2001, at the Dallas Healthcare Center.

He was born Feb. 23, 1926, in Barron to Alfred and Grace (Baldwin) Davis. He was raised and attended school in the Barron County area, graduating from Barron High School in 1944. He farmed on the home farm and on Aug. 20, 1950, was married to Lorraine Peterson at the Hillsdale Baptist Church.

They moved to Hillsdale where Daryl drove truck for Lawrence Hoover. In 1956, they moved to Beloit and Daryl worked for the Beloit Corp. as a crane operator and machine operator, retiring on May 1, 1988. They moved to Chetek in 1990 and enjoyed a happy retirement on the Red Cedar River.

Daryl belonged to the Beloit Corp. Quarter Century Club. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and bowling, and was an avid woodworker and was always building a better mousetrap. Daryl was a member of New Hope-Pine Creek Lutheran Church.

Survivors include his wife, Lorraine Davis of Menomonie; two sons, Ricky (Eiko) Davis of Ashigawa, Japan, and Gary (Rose) Davis of Beloit; four grandchildren, Cory (Dani) Davis, Forrest Davis, Kari Davis and Heather Davis; one great-granddaughter. Angelise Davis; one brother, Vernon (Delores) Davis of Austin, Minn; one sister, Jeanne (Glen) Hanson of eau Claire; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a half sister, Wilma Harlan.

Funeral services are 1:30 p.m. today (Sunday) from New Hope-Pine Creek Lutheran Church in the Town of Wilson, Dunn County, with Pastor Barbara Koch officiating. Interment will be in the church cemetery.

Friends may call one hour prior to services at the church.

Mark Rausch Funeral Service, Dallas and Cameron, is handling arrangements.

Klaire H. Yakesh

Dunn County News, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2001, A6

Klaire H. Yakesh, age 66, of Colfax, died Thursday, Dec. 20, 2001, at the Area Nursing Home in Colfax.

Klaire was born Feb. 2, 1935, in Colfax to John and Hilly (Jensen) Freestone. She was a 1952 graduate of Colfax High School and attended technical college in Eau Claire. Klaire worked from 1953-62 for Dr. O. M. Felland as a medical secretary.

She married Richard Yakesh on Sept. 29, 1962, and together they moved to Minneapolis, Minn. during her years there she worked for Cargill Corp. and Pillsbury House as a secretary. She returned to Colfax and worked at Marshfield Clinic, and then for Wisconsin Northern Tours as a secretary.

Klaire was an avid bowler and dancer. She loved music, plays and concerts.

Survivors include her mother, Hilly Freestone of Colfax; one son, Gregory (Lisa) of Oswego, Ill; two brothers, David (Jean) Freestone of Petaluma, Calif., and Donald Freestone of Minneapolis; two sisters, Bonita (Larry) Gibson of Eau Claire and Kathy Freestone Reider of Colfax; and two grandchildren, Jenna and Jessica.

Memorial services for Klaire were Saturday, Dec. 22, 2001, from the Sampson Funeral Chapel in Colfax with Pastor Les Walck officiating.

Edward M. Grogan

Dunn County News, Wed, Dec. 26, 2001, A6

Edward M. Grogan, age 90, of Wheeler, formerly of Lake City, Minn., died Sunday, Dec. 23, 2001, at the Area Nursing Home in Colfax.

He was born Oct. 6, 1911, in Glenwood City to Malcolm and Maybelle (Baker) Grogan. Following high school graduation, Edward attended the School of Engineering in Milwaukee, graduating in 1929.

He married the former Wilma Hyde on Dec. 18, 1946, in Milwaukee. They moved to Lake City in 1947 and resided there until six years ago. Edward was a self-employed electrician for many years. Ten years prior to retiring, he worked at the Prairie Island Power Plant. He was a member of the First Congregational Church in Lake City for many years.

Edward is survived by three sisters, Arlene (Russell) Quarderer of San Antonio, Texas, Marilyn (Keith) Peterson of New Richmond, and Rosalie (Leonard) Hoff of New Brighton, Minn.; one brother, James Grogan (Sandee Gould) of Howard Lake, Minn.; two granddaughters, Mary Jo Hart of Thielman, Minn., and Heidi (Herb) Wells of Bay City; a sister-in-law, Luella Grogan of Wheeler; a niece, Betty (Bill) Heitmann of Blaine, Minn.; several other nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Wilma; a daughter, Patricia Murphy; one brother, Alvin Grogan; and two infant brothers.

Funeral services are Friday, Dec. 28, 2001, at Grace United Methodist Church in Wheeler with the Rev. Gail Mitchell officiating. Burial will be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2002, in Lakewood Cemetery in Lake City.

The family suggests memorials to Alzheimer's research.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie is handling arrangements.

 
Ellen E. Halvorson

Dunn County News, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2001, A6

Ellen E. Halvorson, age 83, formerly of Menomonie, died Sunday, Dec. 23, 2001, at Green Gables Home in Mahtomedi, Minn.

The former Ellen E. Fleming was born June 13, 1918, in the Town of Emerald, St. Croix County, to Noble and Elizabeth (Newall) Fleming.

Ellen married Manley Halvorson on Aug. 24, 1957, in St. Paul, Minn. They lived in Menomonie and Ellen worked as a bookkeeper for her husband's construction business.

Ellen was a member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Menomonie and belonged to the Ladies Aid and the church Bible study group. She enjoyed crocheting and traveling. Ellen was a very charitable person and liked helping others.

Ellen is survived by her daughter, Cynthia (Richard) Sivigny of Stillwater, Minn.; a grandson, Jeffrey Korolchuk of Stillwater; a brother, Paul (Violet) Fleming of Eau Claire; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Manley in 1981; one brother, Clarence Fleming; and one sister, Marjorie Lehman.

Funeral services were Thursday, Dec. 27, 2001, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Maynard Larson officiating. Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery in the Town of Emerald.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie handled arrangements.

 
Laverne William "Bud" Scheel

Dunn County News, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2001, A6

Laverne William "Bud" Scheel passed away Saturday, Dec. 22, 2001, in Menomonie at the Dunn County Health Care Center after a very long illness.

He was born June 14, 1914, in Menomonie, the second child of Herman and Bertha (Sager) Scheel. He grew up in Menomonie and married three times, having two daughters with Mary E. (Kottke) Scheel. He did a short time in the Army and traveled to Spain and England.

He returned to Menomonie and did a milk route for the Teegarden Cheese Factory. Then he helped build the dam at Menomonie and his construction career began. He helped build several dams in South Dakota, Arizona, Oregon and Washington. He retired in 1974 and returned to Wisconsin in 1977 where he enjoyed his gardening. He loved to grow tomatoes.

He is survived by his daughters, Sue Scheel and Lorna (Verne "Woody") Redwood; grandsons, Travis and Daniel Redwood of Everett, Wash.; a stepson, Eliot Johnson; granddaughter, Toni Johnson; great-grandson, "Little" Eliot Johnson; and nieces, nephews and cousins in Washington, Oregon and Wisconsin.

Bud was preceded in death by his parents, Herman and Bertha (Sager) Scheel, and two sisters, Viola Lemon and Hazel Godferson.

The family of Laverne "Bud" Scheel would like to say the following:

"We want to thank every one of you for your friendship to our father. As we all know, Bud could be a very trying person at times. We all loved Bud and did everything we could for him. Bud had been sick for several years. After his tracheotomy, the doctors said he could no longer live alone. He always told us how he did not want to stay at the health care center.

"We brought him out to Washington to be with his family, so we could take care of him. He was doing wonderfully out here. But unfortunately, he got very upset with us because he could not eat what he wanted. The doctors had him on a very strict diet and we made sure he followed it. The alternative of a colostomy was not acceptable. We all know how Bud loved to eat. It was truly amazing the amount of food he could consume. That was his greatest pleasure in life. To add to his displeasure, Woody was so sick with cancer. Bud was no longer the sole center of attention.

"He chose to go back to Wisconsin, thinking he would be able to live on his own and eat what he wanted when he wanted. But this dream did not come true. It was heartbreaking when he left, but we honored his right to. Friends and distant family members only see parts of what goes on in a family. Only people close know the whole truth. We have lost our father and grandfather. For this we grieve deeply. But it helps us to know that the people he cared most about were with him the last 16 months of his life.

"We want to take this time to thank Jerry Cinker and his family for all that they have done for Bud and us. You are a good man and a true friend to Bud until the end. We will never forget everything you did. Thank you so very much."

Memorial services were 10 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 28, 2001, at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie with the Rev. Dave Whelan officiating. There was no visitation. Burial was in Peace Lutheran Cemetery in Menomonie.

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